IELTS Courses


16+ • From £235.00

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Yuan SHI from China

Key Information

Age: 16+
Class size: Maximum 12
Classes: Classes start every Monday
Transfers: Airport transfers available at extra cost
Course DetailsHow to pass your IELTS examHow to book your IELTS examIELTS Academic or General?

Prepare for your IELTS Exam with us!

IELTS Exam Preparation Course (International English Language Testing System)

Select English have a long history of teaching IELTS ( International English Language Testing System) to international students who plan to go onto further academic studies in the UK; or who simply want to demonstrate their ability through the exam; an internationally recognised qualification.

Your progress matters to us, which is why we have small classes and include one to one tutorials to ensure your learning goals are met.

Students on our courses are able to choose the option of studying IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or for the Cambridge exams during their afternoon classes (this is subject to there being a minimum of 6 students with the right level of English for an exam class). Also, students should have at least an intermediate level of English to start the IELTS course.

Exam Details:

  • IELTS: Select English have a long history of teaching IELTS to international students who plan to go onto further academic studies in the UK or who simply want to demonstrate their ability through an internationally recognised qualification.
  • We are happy to help book your IELTS exam – the cost of the exam this year is £150. For students who need to take their IELTS exam for UKVI purposes, the cost is £200 and the test centres for this purpose are based in London.
  • View the timetable below to see the IELTS lesson times

A Day at Select:

09.00 – 10.30 Lesson 1 & 2 | General English | 90 minutes
10.30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Lesson 3 & 4 | General English | 90 minutes
12.15 – 13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 14.45 Lesson 4 & 5 | IELTS or Skills | 90 minutes
14.45 – 15.00 Break
15:00 – 15.45 Lesson 6 | IELTS or Skills | 45 minutes
Studying for the IELTS Exam

Studying for IELTS

Preparing for your IELTS exam: Advice on how to pass your IELTS exam


Listen to your teachers! All our teachers are experienced in helping students prepare for their IELTS exam, so they can give you useful advice which is personalised for your specific needs. We are happy to help.

Be realistic

Be realistic about how long it will take to get the IELTS score you need. The average person takes around 200 hours of lessons to reach the next level. We have 5 class levels at Select. A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1. You can find information about how your class level relates to your overall IELTS score here: The time it takes to improve your IELTS score depends on a number of factors, for example, the number of hours you study, your initial English level, your age, your first language, how much you use English outside of the classroom and if you have taken the IELTS exam before and are familiar with the format.

Vocabulary Notebook and Word Cards

Vocabulary is important in every part of the exam. If you want to improve your IELTS score, you need to understand and be able to use more vocabulary. Keep a vocabulary notebook and write new words. You can also make vocabulary cards. Write the new word/ phrase on one side and the meaning on the other. Look at the meanings and try to remember the word/ phrase. Turn the card over to check.

Record Language in Context

Don’t just learn long lists of words. You need to learn new language in context, so that you know how to use it correctly.

Use English Outside of the Classroom

Your English will improve more quickly, the more you use it. By using English as much as possible outside of the classroom, you will widen the range of vocabulary that you are able to understand and use, and become better at expressing yourself in English.

Talk to other students

Many students are in the same situation as you and need to take the IELTS exam. If you study together, you can help and motivate each other. For example, you could test each other using your vocabulary cards. Also, you will meet other students at the school who have already taken the exam. They can give you advice about what to expect.

Practice guessing meaning from context

Don’t rely on your dictionary too much. You won’t have your dictionary in the exam so you need to practise working out meaning from context. When you find a new word, look at the whole sentence/ paragraph and try to guess what it means.


Practise noticing and using paraphrase. This is when something is repeated using different words. IELTS listening and reading test your understanding of paraphrase because the questions often paraphrase something in the text. So if you can recognize how things are paraphrased, you can find the answer. For example, when preparing for the listening, use the tapescript. Underline where the answer is and also which key words they relate to in the question. You can do this for the reading part too. Note examples of paraphrase and synonyms in your notebook.


Pay attention to the time when you do practice tests so that you are used to completing each task under exam conditions.

Monitor your progress

When your teacher corrects your writing homework make a note of any common errors you make. The next time you do a writing task, look at the list and check that you haven’t repeated the errors. You should also note examples of good language you have used to help you remember it. When you do practice tests, make a note of your scores for listening and reading. Note which parts were more difficult and do some extra practice in these areas. Your teacher can give you advice about how to improve.

Do your homework

Your teacher will give you regular homework. Students who do regular practice over time usually do better than students who don’t do extra study until just before the exam. If you want to do extra practice, you can borrow a book from our library in Kate’s office. Kate, Jo or your teacher can advise you on which book is best for you.

Use Apps

Use the academic word list

The academic word list contains the most common academic words. So, these words are useful for your IELTS exam. You can find the list as well as tests on the meanings here: You can find more useful advice here:        

Booking your test

When you are ready to book your IELTS exam, Kate or Jo will be happy to help you. You need your passport and credit card. You can book your IELTS exam here: If you are taking IELTS for UK VI, you need to take the exam in London. If not, you can take the exam in Cambridge. If you’re not sure, ask Kate or Jo for advice or check here: IELTS test do I need?

Test Day Advice

You can find information and advice about what to expect on the test day here: There are two types of IELTS test. If you are taking IELTS for university, you need to take the IELTS academic test. IELTS test options - Aacemic or General Training